Kindergarten Newsletter

 

Kindergarten January 18

 

Religion 

Jesus chose 12 ordinary men to do the serious task of spreading the Good News of salvation everywhere.  God calls His people to be His helpers, to share His love, and to tell others about Jesus, our Savior.  Even we, the kindergarten class, can spread the Good News about Jesus when we talk about our Bible stories, sing songs, and recently, when we recited verses during our Christmas program.     

“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men”.  Matthew 4:19

Lutheran Schools Week

This is scheduled for the week of January 28 – Feb. 1.  This year’s special events and dress-up days are;

  • Monday – Farmer Day - Dress up in your barnyard denim
  • Tuesday – Pajama Day – Please no stuffed animals in kindergarten
  • Wednesday – Crazy Sock Day
  • Thursday – Spirit Day, we will wear our blue and white to Lutheran High School for a field trip.
  • Friday – VIP Day & Inside Out – We can invite a special person to spend the morning with us.  Each family will be grouped together so that VIPs can spend time with all equally. 

 

What Have We Learned

Language Lesson Focus – Penguins

Essential Question – What new penguin information can we add to our current schema?

Phonics – Letter Review 

Words to Know – Here is a list of the words that we have learned so far; I, like, and, the, see, we, a, to, come, me, with, my, you, what, are now  This week in the small word work area, we made word flash cards and used them to play a game of “Memory.”  This is an easy game to construct at home and a great way to reinforce sight words or any other word choices that you think of. 

Vocabulary – This week our literature stories were non-fiction so we explored a variety of new penguin facts.  Yes, I did teach the children a new word, regurgitation.  Totally gross and the favorite word of the week.  But we also know that this is how mommy emperor penguins feed their new chicks. 

Writing – Charlie Needs a Cloak by Tomie dePaola and Wax to Crayons by Inez Snyder are two mentor text that served as examples of “How To” writing.  We are brainstorming ideas of things we know how to do that can be taught to others. 

Morning STEM – Daddy Emperor Penguins balance an egg on their feet for two long months while mommy goes off to the sea to swim and eat.  Our challenge was to build a structure that will balance using just one cube as the base.

Artistic Interpretation – Vincent Van Gogh sat at the top of a hillside gazing up into the night sky and produced a beautiful piece of work entitled “Starry Night”.  We were introduced to oil pastel crayons that were used to reproduce his famous painting.  We completed the first step by creating the “moving” night time sky.  How do the swirls and short lines give an illusion of movement?

Math – A game of teen number Go Fish was an excellent way for us to become more familiar with teen numbers. 

Science – What is our planet Earth made of?  So what’s up with all that ice covering Antarctica? 

Field Trip – We really enjoyed the Florentine Opera Company’s rendition of The Three Little Pigs.  Ask us about the underlying message.  “When you fear a thing that’s scary, take your questions to the library.”

 

 

2018-2019 School Theme:  We Find Our Endurance and Encouragement to Learn and Love in Christ Jesus.

"May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus."  (Rom. 15:5)